Keira Knightley dazzles at star-studded UK premiere of Disney’s The Nutcracker and The Four Realms

Keira Knightley joined fellow cast members for a night of glitz and glamour at the premiere of Disney’s The Nutcracker And The Four Realms.

The actress used her time on the red carpet to explain why she banned her daughter, 3, from watching some Disney princess films.

Knightly, 33, was speaking ahead of the premiere screening of her latest movie at London’s Vue Westfield on Thursday night.

The star, who plays the Sugar Plum Fairy in the new telling of the classic Nutcracker story, said: “”I love Frozen, I am 100% Team Frozen and Team Moana.

“Moana is big in our house, Inside Out is big in our house, I just wonder what Elsa (from Frozen) would say to Ariel (from The Little Mermaid) and Cinderella because Elsa has some serious opinions about Anna (her sister in Frozen) going off with a guy that she’s only just met and saying she would marry him.

“She’s is like ‘absolutely that is not OK’ and in fact everyone in Frozen is not OK with that.

“What would Elsa say to Ariel, who gives up her voice for a man? A man, by the way, she has only seen dance round a ship and then drown!

“And it’s 100% amazing of Ariel to save the guy, I’m totally up for that, but what would Elsa make of that?

“I think Elsa would be like: ‘Babe, you’ve got to get him know him better, don’t give up your voice yet’.”

The star said she is excited to share the film with her daughter when she’s older.

She said: “She is three and she might be a bit frightened of all of this. I was when I was three, because I was three when I first saw the ballet and I hid under my seat so I think I might wait a couple of years until she’s a bit older.

“But then maybe other people have three-year-olds who would be completely fine with it and maybe it’s just mine who would be frightened.”

Knightley said the role of the pink-haired flying fairy gave her the chance to “become something silly and look like a cake with wings” after a particularly strenuous role on stage.

She said: “They just offered it to me and I had just spent four months doing Therese Raquin on Broadway and that is a psychotic character who murders everyone and then kills herself and then they said ‘do you want to play the sugar plum fairy?’ and it was the antidote to Therese Raquin and the opportunity to be silly and pink and glittery and not subtle in any way was amazing.”

Richard E Grant, who plays Shiver, a regent of one of the four realms, said: “It is an extraordinarily strong story that has survived over a century and there is a good reason for that. The idea of unlocking and animating your toys is so innate to us.”

Grant described himself as a “Christmas-aholic”, adding: “First of December and the tree goes up.”

He added: “I eat Christmas pudding once a month. In the January sales they are giving them away. I had one last week so I’m in my Spanx now.”

The Nutcracker And The Four Realms is released in UK cinemas on November 2.


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